Ethiopia Elects Dr. Mulatu Teshome as president (+Video)
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) - Against all the speculations by the media and to the surprise of everyone, the joint session of the Houses of Peoples Representatives and the Federation, elected Dr. Mulatu Teshome by acclamation as President.
Several officials and public figures have been the subject of speculation by various media outlets as potential candidates for the presidential election including Olympic medalist Haile Gebrselassie, MP Dr. Asheber Woldegiorgis, former Mayor of Addis Ababa, Girma Deressa and others.
The current Ethiopian Ambassador to Turkey, Dr. Mulatu Teshome Wirtu, sworn in on Monday as the new President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the next six years.
As a parliamentary republic, the President is a figurehead executive with some reserve powers granted by the constitution. Most administrative power and the effective ability is vested in the Prime Minister and his cabinet.
Dr. Mulatu Teshome has hailed from the Oromo, the country’s largest ethnic group like his predecessors Dr. Negasso Gidada, and Girma Wolde-Giorgis.